Re: [opensuse] Meta character
- From: David Haller <opensuse@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2008 03:39:01 +0200
On Sat, 09 Aug 2008, Anders Johansson wrote:
On Saturday 09 August 2008 13:03:32 Jose Thadeu Cavalcante wrote:
In configuration of Desktop KDE 4.x/All Effects shortcuts appears the
term meta, what means it and how can I activated?
It depends a bit on your keyboard layout, but usually, "meta" is the
"alt" key on your keyboard
Alt != Meta
But, yes, the left Alt key is often (wrongly) used as Meta. man
xkeycaps is (or was) rather explicit:
==== man 1x xkeycaps ====
S.u.S.E. Linux is even more screwed up than HP
First, their default keymap has the Control modifier
attached to both the Control key and the Multi_key. This
is completely crazy, because not only is Multi_key not a
control key, it's not even a chording key! It mustn't
have any modifier bits attached to it at all.
Second, they attach Mod1 to Meta_L and also to Alt_R.
Some people think that ``meta'' and ``alt'' are synonyms,
but the fact is that the X Window System does not agree.
Those are distinct keys. It's possible to have both
``meta'' and ``alt'' keys on the keyboard at the same
time, and to have programs interpret them distinctly. But
of course only if they don't bogusly share the same modi
fier bit, making the interpretation of that bit be ambigu
[there's more yet]
BTW: I don't have any modifiers attached to the Multi_key (aka
Compose), and it works just as it's supposed to.
For example, in Emacs Alt (A-) is distinct from Meta (M-).
$ egrep 'Alt|Meta' ~/.Xmodmap
keycode 64 = Alt_L
keycode 113 = Alt_R
keycode 117 = Meta_R
add Mod1 = Meta_R
add Mod3 = Alt_L Alt_R
Escape (which I additionally have on the Caps-Key) functions as
Meta(_L) as well, at least in emacs etc.
And I have different functions attached to A-something and M-something
in emacs, e.g.:
M-r runs `move-to-window-line'
A-r runs `revert-buffer'
C-r runs `isearch-backward'
H-r is undefined
-dnh, the old Backronym in the sig has Meta _and_ Alt in there for a
Esc Meta Alt Control Shift
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